Back in the early days of Facebook, the leading way of socializing was comparing Farmville photos. It’s almost as if people logged in to Facebook for the sole purpose of managing and maintaining their respective farms. With farms expanding, animals multiplying, and trees popping up left, right and center, Farmville was undeniably a major contributor to the success of Facebook.
Farmville was simply idyllic and as such, was a perfect way to while away a few minutes of your time. However, the social atmosphere was one where you just had to have the perfect farm, get the next expansion, build the most beautiful mansion, have the most lovely crops, design the most intriguing haystacks, and so on. Overtime, from a game that you spend a few minutes on, it became a dark pulsing addiction that sucked away all your free time, and then some.
Farmville 2 now hopes to continue the tried and tested formula of farming frenzy. While most of us are a bit wary to return to that scary, endlessly optimistic place, we can’t help but be intrigued by Zynga’s latest offering. Besides, a one-time try can’t hurt right?
Zynga has no doubt made Farmville 2 better in many ways than its predecessor. After an initial venture to the world of Farmville 2, I’m sure most of us would be itching to hitch on that farming bandwagon again. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should pack up your stuff and move back to the country.
1. JAUNTY ANIMATIONS AND REVAMPED GRAPHICS
The rendering of the characters in Farmville 2 is simply amazing. Colors are blooming and there is just so much charm oozing out of every pore of Farmville 2. Characters wave hi to you, plants swing merrily in the breeze and animals meander contentedly throughout your farm.
2. REALISTIC MONEY SYSTEM
While plants seem to bloom money on the original game, the creators of Farmville 2 has now added a more realistic touch to the game. You now harvest produce and then, if you do decide to sell them, you do so by putting them on sale in your roadside stand. Now, tomatoes produce tomatoes and money comes from selling those aforementioned tomatoes. Say goodbye to planting wheat and harvesting coins.
Crafting is undeniably one of the most game-changing additions to the Farmville 2 formula. In the new game, you don’t necessarily have to sell all your produce for money. Much like real life, you can make something else out of your raw materials. From animal feed to delicious recipes, crafting is a gem wonderfully integrated in the Farmville 2 mechanics.
4. SOCIAL VISITS
Social interactions will always be the driving force behind social games. Farmville 2 takes social gaming to new heights by enabling your friends to directly help out in your farm. Friends will come and go to your fledgling farm, help you out a bit, and give both you and your friend a nice little XP nudge for the effort. Farmville 2 now really feels like a collaborative effort for the community by the community.
Sure, the old click and click and click formula might be getting stale but somehow, the joys of the simple clicking past time that Farmville 2 has to offer is still there. Whether you want to be King of the Ranch or just want to spend 5 minutes not thinking about deadlines and debts, Farmville 2 offers a fresh reprieve and a very nice way to enjoy Facebook more.